BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS PCR (BPD)
: Molecular Infectious Disease
: BPD, Pertussis, Whooping cough
: PCR for Bordetella pertussis
: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
: B. pertussis DNA not detected
: 2 Dacron or polyester swabs on wire shaft
: Naso-pharynx source
: Room temperature: same day; Refrigerated: overnight; Frozen: longer than overnight
: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection
: Cotton swabs or swabs on wood or plastic shafts
: Tuesday and Thursday
: 1 - 2 days
: Bordetella pertussis is a bacterium responsible for the clinical syndrome of pertussis (whooping cough). B. pertussis is a strict human pathogen acquired through infected droplets of other hosts. Patients usually display typical URI symptoms during the first one to two weeks after infection, progressing into the characteristic illness of whooping cough lasting up to eight weeks or more. Patients and close contacts are treated with antibiotics in conjunction with measures to avoid exposures by susceptible individuals to infected persons. B. pertussis infections are reportable to public health authorities and require epidemiological investigation. PCR testing of nasopharyngeal specimens is the most sensitive method of organism detection and laboratory diagnostic procedure of choice.
: Other sources or samples may be acceptable for this test. Please call the lab and check at 615-936-6435.
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